Rita Gwendolyn Cain, 86, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 after a short stay at the Tuscany Hospice House in The Villages, Florida. Born in Cambridge, MA she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Margaret (Toye) McGuinness. She graduated from Belmont High School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Boston University in Music Education. Rita devoted 27 years as a public school music educator and was highly regarded by the students she taught. Her last teaching position was at the Rochester Memorial School in Rochester, MA where her distinguished Chorus was selected to perform at Ronald Reagan's Inauguration in 1981. She enjoyed a second career as a real estate agent for nine years before moving to The Villages from Marion, MA in 2002. Rita enjoyed sailing and was a long time member of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion. She volunteered her time with Meals on Wheels and the Marion Women's League for many years back in Massachusetts. She was an accomplished pianist and composer, played several instruments and later in life enjoyed competing in Bocci tournaments and her active life in The Villages. She was a member of the neighborhood Red Hat Society and Bible Study Group. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband, James M. Cain in 2002 and by her daughter, Carol Cain Farrington in 2004. She is survived by sons, James M. Cain, III and wife Ingrid of Newton, MA, Richard S. Cain and wife Jane of Berlin, MA, daughters, Kathryn Cain Meighan and husband Dennis of Weston, CT, Leslie Macina and husband Tom of Tampa, FL, 11 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society P. O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Her private Graveside Service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For on-line guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
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Published in The Sentinel from Oct. 23 to Oct. 30, 2013